Category: Animal Portraits

In Memory of Mars

Sadly, Mars, passed away recently. She was a beautiful dog. A Boxer was one of my first commissions when I started drawing. I think they have such expressive faces. It was a joy to do this painting and hopefully bring a bit of joy to Mars’ human. 🐶❣️

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Beginning & End

I take LOTS of photos during the drawing process to make sure I’m on target so I have to file photos constantly from my cell phone. I can see where I’m “off” more easily on a photo.
While filing away old photos I ran across one of my early WIP photos and also the final drawing. Wow! I still get amazed that I know how to do this. …and it’s so much fun. 😊 This was a good clear photo to start so it just flowed.

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Italian Greyhounds

A happy family of pooches (Italian Greyhounds)…actually, one of them is no longer with us, however still is considered a part of the family. 🐶

The challenge here was drawing them so they looked as if they were all in one original photo, when in reality the client provided 3 separate photos. Fortunately the dogs were all looking in the same general direction so I was able to pull it off.

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CAUGHT!!

CAUGHT! Who’s bringing the fries!?! Ha!

Saw this photo of my cousin and thought, “Have I drawn fish yet?….Good for the portfolio.” 🐟🐟🐟. I’m on vacation so I’ve had time to sketch/practice all kinds of things. Hope you all aren’t weary of these drawings yet.😉

P.S. I’ve been fishing only once in my life; about 40 years ago. Caught one fish about the size of my hand. The End. 😏

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Happy New Year!

Three years ago this week, I decided to start this page after discovering I had a little knack (and sole interest in) for drawing people portraits. To my surprise, my first two commissions was for ‘doggy’ portraits. I remember thinking, “Well, if it has a face I can probably do it.” 😊.

This portrait of ‘Lola and Bella’ was one of those commissions. I love this drawing because it represents a sort of ‘open door’ to an area of drawing I hadn’t considered. They gave me confidence. Since drawing these two, I’ve completed several animal drawings and I love doing them! Expressing the soul of an animal via pencil is just as exciting to me as it is for people.

To have discovered this gift at such a late time in my life is one of my greatest blessings… and in our crazy world, I hope a quick scroll through my page brings all kinds of smiles and warmth to your day.

☮️ 💖 and HAPPY NEW YEAR! 🎉

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A Horse is a Horse..

I never thought about drawing any thing but people portraits when I started doing portraits, however I received several pet (dog) commissions. Today I decided to try my hand at drawing a horse.

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“Zoey”

Each time I am commissioned to do a dog portrait, by the time I am finished I want to run out and buy the breed. 😋. It’s a wonder I don’t have a Great Dane, German Shepherd, or Boxer sitting here at my feet…or one of these little cuties sitting here on my lap.
Say Hi to Zoey! I had a few photos to choose from but this one really caught my eye. Such personality. ‘Woof!”

Lexi

The first of several Christmas orders has been delivered.
Lexi lived 16 years with her ‘mom’. The main feature I wanted to capture was her ‘smile’. Pets, like people, do have a personality that I can often see and bring forth on paper as I draw. I love it that I am able to give a bit of joy and happy memories via a drawing to a pet owner during the days after the loss of a fur-family member. 🐾

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This is Abigail Mae

Behind each drawing is a story… maybe a small story … maybe a grand story, but always a story. I recently got a request from my friend Linda to draw her fur-baby Abigail Mae (Abby), who passed away not long ago.  I knew a little about Abby prior to drawing her, but when I completed the drawing I wanted to know more. I asked  Linda to tell me more, and as she did I decided to invite her to be a ‘guest blogger’.  Her words enhanced the drawing to where I hope we now have a wonderful story about her Sweet Abby.

Here are Linda’s words about her beloved Abby:

“Abigail Mae was a very special gift to me during the most challenging time of my life. Between my dad dying and then my mom a few years later, then the loss of my job, she filled a void of companionship and love. 2015-02-20 19.57.44

Abby was one of a litter of 6 pups bred by a Mennonite family near Keuka Lake. When my mom and I went to pick her out, she was the only one who instead of running towards us, decided to go back to her mommy. It was then I knew she was going to be my surrogate furry daughter. I knew she would always return to her nurturer. And she did. Abby was very precocious as a pup but also very easily trained (my mom was staying with me at the time) so mom really trained her while I went to work. 

Abby was very loving and enjoyed just being around her family. When I went to live with my sister, Sandra, Abby was thrown into a houseful of before and after school children going in and out. She always went with the flow though. The kids loved her, especially Garrett. Abby would let Garrett do anything with her and she wouldn’t mind. She very easily became a part of her new home and Sandra (I think) grew to love her too. Abby was almost 16 when she passed and is very much missed by her mommy. She will always have a place in my heart. Her remains are in a wooden box with the tree of life engraved on the top. She will be laid to rest in our garden with a river stone engraved with her name and date of birth and death.”

King David Ezekiel

Zeke was a Christmas drawing request.  As I started working on the drawing and his face started to take shape I realized I didn’t know his name up until that point. I only knew that his face spoke that he was a ‘serious’ and ‘loyal’ friend who liked to also have a good time. I found out that he was indeed a smart dog who had completed Police dog training, and his favorite thing to do was to play with his ball and swim. Here is King David Ezekiel.2015-01-15 19.09.33

Pet Portraits

This is Suzie. She convinced me that I should officially offer ‘pet’ portraits in addition to ‘people’ portraits. There is something about a drawing coming to life, whether of a person or a pet, that is so exciting. Each pencil stroke, …. or erasure is like a breath of life to the drawing process. Then, in the end … A new creation, on paper.

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Bella!

Each drawing that I complete provides added confirmation that I am an artist at heart. I can literally feel my body relax and my blood pressure lower as I work on drawings and they come to life. I know I have so much more to learn and I know I can be so much better some day. It is a joyous process.

I enjoyed drawing Bella. I remember when Barbara, first got her as a puppy, and how Bella would be curled up on her bed as Barbara and I discussed projects in her office at CareerProGlobal. Good memories!

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Lola and Bella

I never thought about drawing animals, but when Barbara Adams, President/CEO of CareerPro, Global Inc. (www.careerproglobal.wordpress.com) asked me to draw Lola and Bella, though skeptical at first, like most other opportunities that come my way, I decided to give it a try. I am so glad I did! I loved drawing them and watching their faces come to life on paper.   Lola is the smaller puppy, and Bella, the older dog, passed away in 2013. I guess I will add pet portraits to my ‘repertoire’. 🙂

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